Finding Truth in Shuffle Mode

elephantThe high school journalism interns at the Times Union have been asking people, “What’s on your iPod.”

The subjects -all local luminaries – give a list of the favorite songs on their music player and why they are significant. WNYT anchor Phil Bayly has Green Day and Iggy Pop. TU blogger extraordinaire Kristi Gustafson’s picks include Dave Matthews and Beyonce. Kristi rocks with a Zune, by the way. So she’s the one who bought a Zune.

This may be interesting and fun to read, but it’s not very revealing.

When you list of your favorite songs it’s a great opportunity to make a personal statement. It paints a picture of who you are, a self-portrait that you can craft to look hip and cool and soulful. That’s fine, but if you want to peer into someone’s soul, don’t ask their favorite songs, put the iPod on shuffle and see where it lands.

Try it at home: go to songs, put it on shuffle, and go. Skip the first one, just for the heck of it.

My first five?

Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Tower of Song – Leonard Cohen
Murder by Mistletoe – The Felice Brothers
No One Knows My Name – Gillian Welch
Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis

I’m not sure what that says, but thank God the Abba songs didn’t show up…

6 thoughts on “Finding Truth in Shuffle Mode

  1. I am also glad my ABBA songs didn’t show up!
    Crazy for You – Adele
    Lazy Gun – Jet
    The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
    Brian Wilson – BNL
    Soul Meets Body – DeathCab for Cutie

  2. I agree with you, Rob. Though Phil Bayly’s picks did surprise me.

    Mine, like you all give a crap:
    “B” by Pinback
    “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads
    “The Heart of Saturday Night” by Tom Waits
    “Lump Sum” by Bon Iver
    “Where Are You Tonight” by Bob Dylan

  3. uh oh….Little Drummer Boy- Kenny G
    Lonley ol’night – John Mellencamp (no Cougar)
    If Ever I needed you – the Kinleys
    Small Town Geek- The Push Stars
    I’ve Never Been in Love Before- B. Streisand

    Whats wrong with ABBA? we all have it!

  4. 1. Patty Griffin, “Goodbye”
    2. Kate Walsh, “Talk of the Town”
    3. Rufus Wainwright, “Everybody Knows”

    That’s all I had time for on my morning commute, but I’m betting No. 4 or 5 would have been a song from the “Once More With Feeling” soundtrack (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). And yes, I sing along.

    Team Whedon!

  5. I like this game!:

    “I told you so” Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
    “Bulls on Parade” Rage Against the Machine
    “Keep it loose, keep it tight” Amos Lee
    “Missing you” Frou Frou
    “The Uprising” Muse

  6. I stole the idea and put on my Facebook status……….no one bought into it. I thought it was a good idea! I’m obviously not friends with the right people!

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